Psychiatrist Jeffrey Metzner, M.D., chair of the APA Council on Psychiatry and Law, agreed that the judge made the appropriate ruling in this case. While it would be unethical to medicate a convicted felon to make him competent enough to be executed, he said, "there is a big difference" between that situation and the one with which the judge was faced in Weston’s case. It is ethical to treat a psychotic, deteriorating individual, Metzner said, even if the result is that he can then stand trial. It is certainly possible that the medication may relieve the person’s pain, Metzner noted, and medicating the patient may even be in his or her best legal interest, leading perhaps to a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity or even to an acquittal. While he has not evaluated Weston, Metzner pointed out that "[you] do not do a person with severe psychosis any favors when you leave him untreated."